If you are hosting Easter Brunch, consider this departure from the usual Mimosa. Martha Stewart featured this cocktail in her April issue and it is a winner! I love the bitterness and vivid color of Campari. Martha’s recipe calls for a splash of club soda, but I think a splash of champagne or prosecco would really take this cocktail to the next level. Thanks Dad for your help with quality control on this one. This would be a terrific drink for brunch because you can easily double or triple it, make it in a pitcher and serve it as your guests arrive with no fuss. The Americano is a distinctly Italian cocktail, created by the makers of Campari in the late 1800’s. Apparently James Bond ordered one in Casino Royale. Serves 1
- 1 oz. Campari
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth, such as Cinzano
- splash of club soda
- twist of lemon or orange
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in the Campari and vermouth, top with club soda (or other bubbles) and garnish with a twist. To make a pitcher, just use equal parts Campari and vermouth and chill. Top with club soda as you pour them.